Estimated 35 cabins destroyed or seriously damaged by fire at Balls Creek Campground


Pictured above: Fire caused significant damage at the historic Balls Creek Campground in Catawba County Sunday – Picture courtesy of Catawba County Emergency Management via Twtitter (@CatCoEM)

CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. (FOX 46) – A massive fire ripped through dozens of cabins overnight at a historic campground in Catawba County, according to Catawba County Emergency Management.

WSIC news partner FOX 46 reports more than 14 fire departments responded around 9:45 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29 to the historic Balls Creek Campground for reports of a large fire. Some fire departments from Iredell and Lincoln counties also responded to help take down the massive blaze. The campground estimates 35 cabins, called “tents” on the property, were destroyed or heavily damaged.

About two hours later the fire was under control, fire officials said. Numerous cabins were destroyed in the fire. Multiple agencies remained at the scene to extinguish hot spots. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Balls Creek Campground was established in 1853. The founders were a local Methodist group. The site has been a historic and meaningful site for generations.

A version of this story originally appeared on the site of WSIC news partner FOX 46.